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Ireland - Queen Elizabeth

Old 17th May 2011, 17:15
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Devil Ireland - Queen Elizabeth

After all the lead up, and with Dublin on complete lock down for the duration (I have never seen so many Gards in one place other than Copper Faced Jacks on a Friday!) H.M. & H.R.H. have popped over to see the neighbours.

All well and good. But what I want to know is who exactly thought it would be hilarious for them to arrive on an aircraft registred G-RAJJ?

Raj ... seriously? Hands up ... who what it?

JAS

OK, it is slightly amusing ... I wonder if 'one' noticed.
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Old 17th May 2011, 17:32
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Egg and Cheese soup with buttered toast soldiers....at home, is what she should have had instead of going to Ireland.
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Old 17th May 2011, 18:11
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G - RAJJ being discussed and explained on Military Aircrew here

http://www.pprune.org/military-aircr...ml#post6456592

Seeing the Queen driving through the empty streets of Dublin seems such a shame though. I suppose it was inevitable given the priority given to security, but I am sure those willing to come out and greet HM would have greatly outnumbered those who wanted to protest.
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Just what all those businesses needed in the midst of a financial crisis. Go Brenda!
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Old 17th May 2011, 19:28
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With all the warnings about extreme security in Dublin Centre, people were just staying away altogether. The Garda were stopping and questioning people just for being out on the street last weekend, well before the Queen's arrival, so no-one was going to be there today unless they had a good verifiable reason for being there - or were daft enough to protest. There's a photo gallery showing the police presence here.
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Old 17th May 2011, 19:49
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I think that this is a brave step by both the Irish Government and the Queen.

There was always going to be an opportunity presented to the radicals to put on some display of nationalism - without going into the rights and wrongs of the issues.

I think that the best we can hope for is that the visit concludes without bloodshed, and that we can move forward on a normalised basis.

I equate this to the protests that we seen when the Irish Rugby Association moved to Croke Park, the home of Gaellic football, during the refurbishment of Lansdowne Road.

The mere putting of a foot onto some turfs can put some into overdrive.

Let's hope that the visit is peaceful ...
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Old 17th May 2011, 20:14
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"God Bless Her Majesty"

So said my Afrikaans gran whose mom had been interred by the British during one of those rushes of blood that make all of us humans crap.

I am not a royalist but I see the sense of these things.

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Old 18th May 2011, 00:34
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The Queen has laid a wreath at the Republic of Ireland's Garden of Remembrance during the first visit by a British monarch since Ireland gained independence (voice of the Irish officer accompanying the Queen): Cruidoch, yachalta umph! Xumpapa, nera dumpapa! Crimmpapa! Ofgophotoladodccraapotato!)
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Old 18th May 2011, 00:42
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Didn't she look miserable and sour when they were performing the National Anthem? She looked as if she'd swallowed a lemon.
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Old 18th May 2011, 00:47
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Didn't she look miserable and sour when they were performing the National Anthem? She looked as if she'd swallowed a lemon.
In Gallic: Oshwooshniad ochoplodia craltepliad goghdich!
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Old 18th May 2011, 01:13
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Didn't she look miserable and sour when they were performing the National Anthem? She looked as if she'd swallowed a lemon.
She does that a lot when stuffed into a corner politically.
Like sitting next to bliar and "partner" at the Balmoral games.
Or standing on a windswept plinth when your bladders 85 and listening to some"unusual" speakings, when all you want is a hot cuppa, scones and a laugh at father ted [RIP].
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Republic of Ireland - 5 Minute History Lesson

So I have a Republic of Ireland passport even though I have never been there, I saw on the news that Queenie was going on a trip as the first person from Monarchy in 100 years.

What happened
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Old 18th May 2011, 04:53
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Potatoes...bombs...Euro's. That should cover it.
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Old 18th May 2011, 06:53
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That cheered up my morning too!
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Old 18th May 2011, 09:44
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I wonder if Betty had a quick look through that famous Irish Gaelic primer, "Brush up your Erse" before she went?
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Old 18th May 2011, 09:55
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There are a lot of people in South Africa with names like Van de Merwe, Geldenhuys, and Labuschagne, all good old Irish names, who don't even know where Ireland is, don't speak English, let alone Erse, but have Irish passports. Then there was Zola Budd who ran around for a long time with an Irish passport.

And what is Ireland's biggest export? The Irish.

Then there was this company, I believe it stood for 'we import one million Paddies every year', but now it's Poles, not Paddies!
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Old 18th May 2011, 10:16
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Then there was Zola Budd who ran around for a long time with an Irish passport.
Wrong as Zola Budd ran on a BRITISH passport aided and abetted by Daily Mail.

The ruling to hold an Irish passport is that one Grandparent must have been born there.
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Old 18th May 2011, 10:18
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Potatoes...bombs...Euro's
Should of read:

Potatoes...No Potatoes...Bombs...No bombs...Euros...No Euros
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Old 18th May 2011, 10:29
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She does that a lot when stuffed into a corner politically.
Funnily enough I don't think she has been, she has met the Irish President on a number of occasions and apparently there is a very good rapport between them.

The occasion came about because the visit has been long suggested but a time was needed that wouldn't embarass either country.

There are specific events she would need to incorporate, it is a State visit and also to be mindful of the bloody past that has gone on. If she visited and ignored them it would have been insulting to the Irish People and probably ensured more protestors on the streets.

In addition to visit the Irish memorial to its dead there is a visit to the memorial of Irish people who died fighting in WW1 in her family's feud with its relatives.

If as is appearing the visit goes off without incident then it will have been a watershed between both countries as I think both countries know that the level of trade and jobs between each other is way way above any other country.
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